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Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe for Marriage Equality

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe for Marriage Equality


Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, the widow of tennis legend Arthur Ashe, released a video for the Human Rights Campaign in New York that expresses her and her late husband's support for marriage equality.

In the video released this week, Ashe urges viewers to support political candidates who will vote yes on marriage equality, which advocates hope to bring to a New York state senate vote again in 2011.

"My late husband, Arthur Ashe, and I fought discrimination throughout our lives," she said. "I know that he would support marriage equality."

Ashe, an African-American who broke racial barriers in tennis, died of AIDS complications in 1993 after contracting HIV from a blood transfusion during heart surgery.

The video is the latest in a celebrity series from the HRC Campaign for New York Marriage, which already has featured actress Julianne Moore and designer Kenneth Cole. Additional videos are expected from Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, David Chang, Fran Drescher, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tom Colicchio, Whoopi Goldberg, Joan Rivers, Moby, Ethan and Ryan Hawke, Christopher Meloni, Daphne Rubin-Vega, the Reverend Al Sharpton, and Sunrise and Mark Ruffalo.

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